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What kind of job shall I search?

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Hi, all.

I am currently looking for java programmer/developer position and actually I don't know whether I am doing right.
Here is brief history of my career.

I have about 4 years of professional experience. I started my career with a web developer(one and half years), became an java developer and worked for 3 years. I mainly use java from the beginning(version 0.x) to just before java2. I basically used all kind of java technology at that time like jdbc, rmi, swing etc and worked a start-up company and fairly successful(They still survive!!). Anyway my experience is outdated so I decided to take scjp1.4(on 6 July). It may help if I get the scjp but not sure.

After that, I studied MS degree(CS, Telecommunication and Network) in US and got it last year. During that time I study couple of J2EE technology but not having professional experience. My study is mostly about Network knowledge.(I should have studied software engineering..)

Here is one more important thing. I need H1 visa support.
I know it is crucial but let's exclude it since I can't do anything with it.

So, what I am thinking is I may have wrong career and degree or find wrong job positions. What do you guys think?
Please give me a bit of career advice or your personal opinion.
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Right now there aren't that many companies willing to sponsor a new H-1B visa. Especially those who have less than 3-4 years of experience and looking for entry or junior level position will find it extremely difficult to get a H-1B job.

If you're still in school, I would take advantage of the school's career center. I know that some large corporations are still willing to hire entry-to-junior level H-1B programmers.

Also, you mentioned you have 4 years of professional experience? Was that full-time paid position in the U.S? When it comes to "years of experience", you should only include full-time, paid positions after graduation (exclude all those internship, college co-op, part-time job, voluntary non-paid job, college project, self-study, work with professor, etc.)
[ July 07, 2004: Message edited by: Jay Shin ]
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Thanks for your reply, Jay Shin...
Not a good news, though
I just graduated last year so I cann't use the career center.
But it doesn't matter. When I was school, all I have got from the career center is resume critique like font size adjusting.

Yes, I did have full time paid job. But about location, I doubt what to say. Well, the company I worked for has a branch in Korea but headquatered California. I worked in Korea. Have you heard about thinkfree.com? In that case, I think I worked in Korea not US. So I put on my resume like that.

By the way, I passed SCJP1.4 yesterday, 88%.
I am little frustrated about the slow job market but what can I do? I just work hard and hope to find a bit of oppertunity.
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